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Week ending 5/13/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

1957 (Sales): Gone — Ferlin Husky (Capitol)

1957 (Jukebox): All Shook Up — Elvis Presley (RCA)

1957 (Disc Jockeys): Gone — Ferlin Husky (Capitol)

1967: Sam’s Place — Buck Owens (Capitol)

1977: Play Guitar Play — Conway Twitty (MCA)

1987: The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder — Michael Johnson (RCA)

1997: One Night at a Time — George Strait (MCA)

2007: Stand — Rascal Flatts (Lyric Street)

2017: Body Like a Back Road — Sam Hunt (MCA)

2017 (Airplay): Body Like a Back Road — Sam Hunt (MCA)

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3 responses to “Week ending 5/13/17: #1 singles this week in country music history

  1. Paul W Dennis May 14, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Michael Johnson was basically a pop or adult contemporary singer who briefly found success in Country music during the 1985-1988. “The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder” was his second and final country #1 (“Give Me Wings” made it to #1 about four months earlier. He charted nine songs on Billboard’s Country chart, six of which went top ten.

    He is probably best remembered for his 1978 hit “Bluer Than Blue” which went #1 on the UIS and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts while reaching the pop charts (#12 Billboard/#10 Cashbox). You still hear the song occasionally on the radio

    I had not commented on “Gone” by Ferlin Husky, which this week was about halfway through its ten week run, Ferlin, who was a terrific stage performer, would only have two solo hits reach #1 both would hang onto the #1 position for ten weeks. The other #1 song, “Wings of A Dove”, would arrive in 1960, and is probably his best remembered song. “Gone” is a difficult song to sing and is rarely tackled anymore

    • Luckyoldsun May 15, 2017 at 2:55 am

      I’ll take “Gone” over “Wings of a Dove” any day.
      Who’s the guy who’s bantering with and introducing Ferlon in the video?

      • Ken May 15, 2017 at 10:41 am

        The host of that program is T. Tommy Cutrer. He began his radio career in his late teens and for a time had his own band. But his career as a drummer ended with a 1953 car accident that resulted in having his left leg amputated. He went on to fame as an announcer for WSM radio and the Grand Ole Opry from 1954-1964. During that era he also hosted the syndicated TV series “Pet Milk Grand Ole Opry” which is the source of that Ferlin Husky clip.

        Over his lifetime he released recordings for several labels although none became hits. A 1972 release was rather controversial as it dealt with the issue of school desegregation.

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